Roger Lynch is the chief executive of global media giant Condé Nast which he led back into profitability in 2021.
Under Lynch’s leadership, Condé Nast has undergone foundational changes, merging its American and international businesses.
A graduate of the University of Southern California and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, he worked in the aerospace field before pivoting to finance and eventually, media. Prior to arriving at Condé Nast, Lynch was best known as the founding CEO of Sling TV, a role he took on while working at Dish Networks. He led the platform’s launch in 2015. After that, he was named the chief executive of music streaming platform Pandora in 2017.
At Condé Nast, Lynch immediately shook up the storied media company, ending the silo that had long existed between its American and international businesses. With that, he promoted longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour to the post of global chief content officer, and laid out a new global content strategy. The company appointed global editorial directors to its largest brands, such as Vogue, GQ, Architectural Digest and Condé Nast Traveller, bringing teams together across borders. The strategy began a mass exodus of top editors from Condé Nast International editions.
Other changes include transitioning beauty focused publication Allure to become digital only at the end of the year and the launch of new titles, such as Vogue Philippines. The company is also ramping up Condé Nast Entertainment, its video business, which Lynch predicts will make up a third of its revenue by 2027, as well as its e-commerce business, to find new revenue streams for the media giant. Under his leadership, Condé Nast has increased the diversity of the company’s executive team, as well as achieving profitability in 2021.